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Series: Choose Your Own Adventure (1979-1998) — no. 177
Author: Montgomery, R. A.
Illustrators: Schmidt, William (Bill) (cover)
Cherry, Eric (interior)
Date: 1997
ISBN: 0553567535 / 9780553567533
Jordashebasics's Thoughts:

You travel to Africa to look into an Ebola outbreak, running afoul of some terrorists who have decided to use Ebola as a weapon of war.

The later books in the line tend to be better written, so I had hopes that this would be more engaging. Instead, it seemed somehow less exciting than it should have been. For one thing, I desperately wanted this to be about a fictional virus. There's much more excitement to be had with your character dealing with an unknown virus, something that you need to learn about in order to manage.

Instead, the virus motivates your character to go down a few paths, but every path is just a focus on you against two antagonists. I would have much rather that there was more variation here - like a path that focused more on the virus as the enemy.

There are a few fun bits to be had, an ending where you get pecked to death by parakeets, causing an accident with a flying squirrel. But by the end of the book, it's just more lackluster than it should have been.

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